The Monks who make Paper Lanterns & their teacher

Published in: Thailand | December 18th, 2013
Monk sticks decorations on a paper lantern

Where do all those colorful paper lanterns come from during Yee Peng? If you’ve been reading my previous posts about arriving into Chiang Mai for Yee Peng’s sky lantern festival then you’ll have known how I discovered the lantern maker. I may have taken a long time to actually venture in, but now that I… Continue reading more »

A series of fortunate & unfortunate events leading to Chiang Mai Thailand’s festival of light

Published in: Thailand, Travel Journals | December 11th, 2013
Chiang Mai's eastern gate during Yee Peng

Stumbling onto one of the biggest light festivals in the world It was a mad last-minute dash to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand for the annual Yee Peng festival (Festival of Light). A festival I didn’t think about attending until a series of events all played out. In the end it all led to me being… Continue reading more »

What’s the Street Parade at the Yee Peng & Loi Krathong Festivals in Chiang Mai like?

Published in: Thailand | December 5th, 2013
Decorative float during Loi Krathong parade in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yee Peng’s big parade in Chiang Mai Two full days of festival in (Nov 16th & 17th) or rather two full nights of festival later and it’s now day three of the Yee Peng celebrations in Chiang Mai. After an exceedingly long sleep in the streets of Chiang Mai looked as if there was something… Continue reading more »

Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai Thailand

Published in: Thailand | December 2nd, 2013
Girl praying at Loi Krathong while another girl helps others in the background

What’s Loi Krathong like in Chiang Mai? So the day before (16th November) was the awesome paper lantern release that kicks of Yee Peng in Chiang Mai. So today (17th) it’s officially the national Thai festival of Loi Krathong. Which is also a part of Yee Peng in Northern Thailand. It’s probably easier just to… Continue reading more »

The Yee Peng Sky Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Published in: Thailand | November 28th, 2013
Yee Peng Paper Lanterns heading into the sky

What is Yee Peng & Loi Krathong like in Thailand? I’ll cover a more personal story of how I got to the Yee Peng sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, while it’s still fresh in my memory, I wanted to write about what it was like to attend all three… Continue reading more »

How to help The Philippines after multiple typhoons & natural disasters

Published in: Philippines | November 12th, 2013
Filippino boy waiting for food aid in The Philippines

Typhoons, floods and earthquakes are a yearly part of life in many parts of The Philippines Tonight a second typhoon is due to hit Surigao province in Mindanao. Mere days after Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit devastating the provinces of Samar and Leyte to apocalyptic proportions. It will not stop there either. This is Typhoon season in the Philippines… Continue reading more »

What would it be like to live in Nepal?

Published in: How to live overseas, Nepal | October 15th, 2013
Crowds and rooftops of Patan, Nepal

Living in Nepal as a foreigner I usually end out a longer term stay in a country by writing about what it’s like to live there. These are my experiences and opinions. It’s a diverse world we live in. While some people “live in Nepal” as diplomats or Aid workers others work in regular jobs,… Continue reading more »